Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.)
Specialty: Obstetrics and gynecology
Active license: Yes
Medical degree: M.D., Medical College of Georgia, 1969
Sponsored legislation: HR 5 (medical liability reform that includes capping noneconomic damages at $250,000); HR 6320 (repeal ACA requirement that health plans contract only with providers with HHS-approved safety evaluation systems and quality mechanisms); HR 816 (declares that quality standards under the ACA can’t be construed as standard or duty of care in liability cases)
Key healthcare votes
Yea: Repeal of ACA, HR 2 (2011), HR 6079 (2012); repeal funding for health insurance exchanges, HR 1213 (2011); repeal prevention and public health fund, HR 1217 (2011); Medicare prescription drugs, HR 1 (2003)
Nay: ACA, HR 3590 (2010); CHIP expansion, HR 2 (2009)
(Gingrey’s staff responded to questions in an e-mail on his behalf.)
How does being a physician affect your approach to Congress?
“Rep. Gingrey credits his years as a physician in his approach to legislating: ‘When seeing a patient, the first—and most important—thing a medical provider does is listen.’”
What happens now with the ACA?
“Rep. Gingrey will continue advocating for full repeal of the president’s healthcare law. In the meantime, he is committed to repealing some of the most egregious components of the law, including the Medicare-rationing board IPAB, the unfunded program known as CLASS Act, and the crippling medical device tax.”
What’s a healthcare priority the ACA didn’t address?
“The congressman’s priorities are lowering healthcare costs, increasing patient access while ensuring quality care and safeguarding the doctor-patient relationship. ... The congressman is also committed to passing meaningful medical liability reform, which President Obama has claimed to support.”